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Office of Equal Opportunities
(Amt für Chancengleichheit)
Bergheimer Str. 69
69115 Heidelberg
Phone +49 6221 58-15500

Familie in der Flüchtlingsunterkunft Hardtstraße (Foto: Dorn)

Guide to the Health Care System for Migrants
Find your way around the complicated German health care system, despite possible language barriers, with useful pointers and information about counselling services. You can download the brochure here or get it from the City's Administration Offices or the Public Health Office, Kurfürsten-Anlage 38-40.
English version (1.014 MB)
Turkish version (1.113 MB)
Arabic version (890.5 KB)

Opening of the Intercultural Center (Photo: Rothe)


Heidelberg: open to the world

Heidelberg is a cosmopolitan city that is home to around 160,000 people of about 180 nationalities, including almost 56,000 with a migration background. Heidelberg has a real culture of welcome and acceptance, so even though the city’s population is becoming more diverse all the time, people feel at home here. For every citizen to participate equally in society, everyone needs make a contribution: from those whose families have always lived in Heidelberg, to those who have just arrived from abroad, as well as the City Council, the city administration, and the city’s public and private partners.

Landfried complex (Photo: Scheuermann)


International Welcome Center

The International Welcome Center Heidelberg provides special municipal services to foreigners and is a unique place of encounter between people from different cultures.
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Opening of the Intercultural Center (Photo: Rothe)

Creating networks

Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center aims to improve mutual understanding. It is a place for people from different cultures and organizations to meet and make new friends.
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Council for Foreigners and Migrants (Photo: Rothe)

Making voices heard

Council for Foreigners and Migrants

The Council for Foreigners and Migrants is the representative body for foreign citizens living in Heidelberg, and has an advisory role in the City Council. 
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Working at ProMinent (Photo: Diemer)

New arrivals

Services for immigrants

About 400 new Heidelberg residents receive a naturalization certificate from the city each year. Click below to learn more about immigration to Germany and Heidelberg. 
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Municipal Integration Plan poster


Municipal Integration Plan

The Municipal Integration Plan exists to help immigrants participate in all aspects of society.
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Refugee playgroup (Photo: Buck)

Helping refugees

Refugees in Heidelberg

The number of refugees in Germany is growing. The whole of Heidelberg’s society is doing its bit to help them.
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Naturalization ceremony (Photo: Rothe)

Enriching the city


New citizens are seen as enriching the city.
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Representatives of Heidelberg’s different religions (Photo: private)

Finding common ground

Interfaith Dialog

The city’s Interfaith Dialog aids understanding between the various religious groups in Heidelberg.
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Flyer 'Help with discrimination'

Point of contact

Help with discrimination

The Office of Equal Opportunities is the point of contact for all who feel discriminated against and for people who wish to tackle discrimination.
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Heidelberg is presented with a certificate confirming its membership of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (Photo: Rothe)

Fighting racism

European Coalition of Cities

Since October 2014, Heidelberg has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism.
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Other services include language courses (Photo: Rothe)

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Further information

Read on for more services, interesting projects and contacts.
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